What The Mind Sees… The Mind Does

  “DON’T HIT IT IN THE POND ON THE LEFT”!  “DON’T HIT IT IN THAT BUNKER ON THE RIGHT”!  These are very familiar thoughts during the course of a round.  I have thought them; you have thought them; everybody that plays has thought something similar at some point on the course.  The problem with these […]


 

“DON’T HIT IT IN THE POND ON THE LEFT”!  “DON’T HIT IT IN THAT BUNKER ON THE RIGHT”!  These are very familiar thoughts during the course of a round.  I have thought them; you have thought them; everybody that plays has thought something similar at some point on the course.  The problem with these thoughts, as innocent as they seem, they even seem encouraging when thinking them, is that the mind does not recognize the “DON’T” part of the thought.  Even though you are trying to encourage a good shot the attention is directed to the hazard whether it be water, sand, trees, out of bounds or what have you.  The focus of the mind is the hazard not that you don’t want to hit it there, just the fact that the focus is there.  The mind then executes the thought, absent the “DON’T”, so in translation the driving thought of the swing you perform becomes, “HIT IT IN THE POND ON THE LEFT”!  And that is what happens over and over again.

What is necessary is a mindset that does not recognize the hazards but puts the focus on the truly desired result.  A thought similar to, “I want that ball in the middle of the fairway, I don’t care how it gets there”!  A thought like this allows the performance mind to create and perform a swing that will produce the result.  Now sometimes the ball will end up where you want with a shot that is not considered “good”, this is the hard part.  When you achieve the result you desire, the way it happens needs not to matter.  If you allow yourself to concern yourself with “how” it happened more than you concern yourself on the result, the mind will loose focus on the results you desired and focus more on the technique you “think” you should have used to create a “better” shot.

When you are trying to break 100, 90, 80 even 70 results are what are going to take you to the next level.  There is an old saying that goes similar to this, we are not drawing pictures on the scorecard, just writing down numbers.  No one cares how you shoot a score that is lower then usual, they just wish they could have done the same.   I promise there are very few times one is happy with the way they played, regardless of the score and when one is, it does not last long.  This holds true at every level, when you break 100 you are going to want to break 90, when you shoot even par you going to say, “I could have easily been under par”.  This is evident in most interviews after a tour event, many tour players say. “They left some out there,” they could have gone lower.  We are all in the same boat!

On the golf course, and in life, results are first scripted in the mind.  If you can learn to see what you want to happen in the mind first, the desired result follows.  I ask you to change your mind to see or at least think that what you want to happen will.

Learn to experience the power of the mind!

There is no real reason that you can’t play better golf!  If you want to, than you will! We will start providing videos and products, here at LGL that will give you the tools to get as good as you want.  Keep visiting and participate in upcoming surveys.

Good Golfing,

JB

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First Round Surprises

Remember Your First Round Well the season is underway. There have been a couple of tournaments at the club and I am sure, an outing or too as well. So tell me, how your first round of the season went. Better than expected I am sure. This is usually the case for most because there […]

Remember Your First Round

Well the season is underway. There have been a couple of tournaments at the club and I am sure, an outing or too as well.

So tell me, how your first round of the season went. Better than expected I am sure. This is usually the case for most because there are no expectations! You have not played for awhile and do not expect to play well so you are relaxed and just trying to get your “golfing legs” under you.

This is exactly the mindset I want to teach you so you can play that way always. That first round is usually ok because you are swinging and not expecting the ball to go well. This is the way golf has to be played. You know how frustrating it is when you do everything in your power to hit the ball so it will go straight, then it doesn’t?  Well golf is more enjoyable when you do not “TRY” to hit the perfect shot, but instead, make the swing that you can and the ball does exactly what it is suppose to. That is what golf is all about. Losing the controlling aspect of the result and swinging the way you can, then dealing with the result which is usually more than satisfactory. You will then lose the anxiety that is so omnipresent in each swing when trying to control the result. Lose control and develop a swing. A swing that will surprise you by producing the result you so desire.

By playing golf this way you can become better. The golfing mind will corral your swing flaws and produce misses that resemble the good shots of the old swing, shots which seemed to come so infrequently.

Golf is a game that is played best when you learn to play on the 5 inch course between your ears. No matter what level you are currently playing, I guarantee your mind is disappointing you somehow. The aggravation of not hitting the shot you want, when you want, does not have to keep happening. All the shots are not going to be perfect, but when they are not if the result is perfect, you are playing golf the “Rx” way.

Learn your swing, learn your game and become pleasantly surprised by your game. Then learn to play golf… your way!

JB

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